MASK_04 – Duet

Fourth of MASK collection – Duet


It’s a remedy mask for two people who hesitate to talk to each other. Separated from outside world with the mask, users sit with legs crossed, face to face, and communicate with each other through smiles. It’s for the eager of communicating without seeing each other’s face yet still feeling the intimacy. In the virtual world, users are surrounded by huge monsters, who will help the remediation process.


  • Two-people, foldable accordion origami mask
  • Portable intimate space
  • Self-made surface mounted circuit board as Muscle Sensor * 2
    • One for each users
    • For detecting the muscle on face. In this scenario, will be used to detect Zygomaticus major muscle, which is associated with smiling


Content Test


Fabrication Process

Small scale paper testing (Thank Origami master Uttam for the help!) 

Then use mylar sheet for the final material. Got an angel helper Gladys!

Test putting it on two people! Need to add paper in the bottom part to increase the distance between two users, allowing the space for sitting with legs crossed face to face comfortably

MASK_03 – Puppet

Third of MASK collection – Puppet


It’s a puppet mask that speaks for you when you are not in the mood of socializing but still wanting to be nice. It also helps you to escape the real world, and provides temporary healthy self-pity for you to enjoy


  • Nonverbal communication
  • Tunnel between real & virtual world
    • Deal with social behaviors for you
    • Take you exploring the 100% reality-unrelated world
      • Four Corners
        1. self pity zone
        2. so many escapees zone
        3. white noise zone
        4. connect to other masks

Content Test


Fabrication Process

Use upholstery foam as paper. Trace the pattern on the foam and cut it.

Glue them with hot glue! Perfect match with foam. Thanks for the tips from awesome Jingwen!

So many hot glue sticks to make a head.

Body without hands and legs yet.

Waiting for elastic band to assemble all together! (Look like a creepy baby)


MASK_02 – Hive

Second of MASK collection – Hive



It’s a community nest that connect people to overcome the distance. During the day, you walk and work as a worker bee. During the night, you come back to the nest and share what you got



  • It’s a honeycomb mask
  • Two modes (switchable)
    1. Resting Mode: User is virtually situated in one cell of the honeycomb
      • See and communicate with other people, just like a video conference
      • w/ Queen & Baby larvae
    2. Working Mode: User is virtually in the air, outside the honeycomb
      • Not like in Resting Mode, the camera screen will follow the head, so the user can see and walk
      • w/ Worker

To do:

  1. Activities & interactions
    • Resting Mode – Since it’s about living as a community, what will a community usually do?
      • Vote
      • Self supply
      • Recycle
    • Working Mode – Like honeybee, workers go out to collect pollen etc
      • Activities of worker bee
        • gather pollen into the pollen baskets on their back legs
        • create wax for comb
        • feed larvae
        • guard
      • Having a swarm of worker bees with you
        • assist you
        • protect you
        • accompany you
  2. When other people connect to the Hive, the certain cell of the mask will light up, otherwise in “breathing” mode


Content Test

 <– Worker Bee



leftover from laser cut

version 1

version 2 – mask

so many combs and mask of Frank! (Thank you Vicci!)


MASK_01 – Control Room

First prototype (or maybe not just a prototype…) of MASK collection – Control Room.


It’s the kind of fantasy castle that a child builds up and role-play inside. The interior is rough and the space is tiny, but with the protection and imaginary friends, you feel less timid to the outside world.


  1. It’s a townhouse cardboard mask
  2. User is virtually in a cardboard room, and sees the real world through different windows
  3. The distance between self and the world is created, thus decreased the threatening feeling
  4. When you stay still, imaginary friends start to encourage you

Things I learned

  1. For improving performance of phone, reducing face amount
  2. Detailed model –> NO, simple yet interesting shape –> YES
  3. Texture’s effect is more powerful than model

Content test:

Imagination friend test


Fabrication process:



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  • Normal, discarded cardboard is too thick… have to buy a good thin quality cardboard.


  • Scale up for eyeglasses. Too big unfortunately. Width between them will be perfect. One good thing is although the mat board is a little bit heavier, it’s not that big difference.